The Calgary Flames came out against the Penguins playing, what looked like, the best first period they had all year. They didn’t falter too much, as the numbers show, and the game was way closer than a 4-1 score suggests. Without further adieu, let’s dissect these numbers.
Corsi King - Coming in at 10 minutes of ice time and a 71.43 CF% is Michael Frolik! The new look 4th line that subbed Bennett in for Janko did well on limiting their chances against while they were on the ice. Fro’s been steadily hot for a little while now, even with his limited ice time. I don’t think he’ll be back in Calgary after this year so it’s good to see he can still play some strong hockey for himself.
Corsi Clown - Elias Lindholm, finishing with a 36.84 CF%, trailed the entire pack (These CF stats are from all situations (PP, PK, 5v5)). Unusual for him, but the whole line with Mangiapane and Tkachuk struggled too. Nobody in this league plays perfect all year, i’d chalk this up to a rough night.
Taken By Chance - being on the ice for a team high 16 scoring chances and 7 high danger chances was Noah Hanifin. Hamonic was right behind him with 14 (7 HDCF) giving the 2 Dmen a solid night. They’ve both been quite streaky with their play this year so here’s hoping a hot streak kicks in.
xGF% - They weren’t on the ice for any goals against, or goals for, but they at least created chances. This gave Michael Frolik and Sam Bennett 92%+ scores in xGF tonight. That is straight up ridiculous and they probably should’ve been able to score tonight, but Jarry did what Jarry’s been doing, and the Flames were no exception to that.
Game Flow -
The Flames turned it up at the tail end of a very well played first period, and by all means they should’ve been rewarded with some goals, but came out with just the 1. They kept the pressure up to start the 2nd, but a diligent Penguins squad found a way to get 2 quick ones (great patience by John Marino, btw) and deflate the Flames sails for a little bit. They did get a strong pushback near the end, but Jarry took it, and the 2 points, for the Pens.
Game Score - Calgary’s top player by Game Score, with an assist in 12 mins of ice-time, new look Tobias Reider led the way for the Flames with a 2.16 score despite a season average of 0.20. No Flame scored truly terrible tonight as the lowest score of -0.60 was scored by Oliver Kylington.
The Flames played a good game, plain and simple, they just didn’t get the bounces in this one. Sometimes the hockey gods frown upon you, but as Geoff Ward has stated, we need to just stick to the process and we’ll be fine.
Shot Heat Map -
Sharing this for the 1st time because in the pre-game predictions i stated the Flames would probably aim for lots of perimiter shots after being shut out against Carolina. I’m glad to say the promptly proved my wrong about where they were gonna shoot from, getting plenty of slot chances, but still somehow ended up losing by my predicted 4-1 score. I blame myself, it was totally my fault, oops.